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Who Is Affected by Colorectal Cancer

Cancer of the colon and rectum is the third most common cancer in men and women in the United States. More than 90% of colorectal cancer cases occur in people who are older than 50.1

Colorectal cancer occurrence rates are highest among African Americans. Rates are slightly lower among whites, and lowest for Asians, Pacific Islanders, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, and Hispanics.1

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Overview

Note: Separate PDQ summaries on Colorectal Cancer Screening; Colon Cancer Treatment; and Rectal Cancer Treatment are also available. Factors Associated With Increased Risk of Colorectal Cancer Excessive alcohol use Based on solid evidence from observational studies, excessive alcohol use is associated with an increased risk of colorectal cancer (CRC).[1,2,3] Magnitude of Effect: A pooled analysis of eight cohort studies estimated an adjusted relative risk (RR) of 1.41 (95% confidence...

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Citations

  1. American Cancer Society (2008). Colorectal Cancer Facts and Figures 2008-2010. Atlanta: American Cancer Society. Available online: http://www.cancer.org/docroot/STT/content/STT_1x_Colorectal_Cancer_Facts__Figures_2008-2010.asp.

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Arvydas D. Vanagunas, MD - Gastroenterology
Last Revised September 30, 2010

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Last Updated: September 30, 2010
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